The fight to protect the sanctity of human life is showing results. A recent study by the Institute of Labor Economics reveals that since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe verses Wade nearly eighteen months ago 32,000 babies have been born in the states implementing abortion restrictions. Researchers with the ILE describe the birthrate shift as “the most profound transformation of the landscape of U.S. abortion access in 50 years.” Another factor, say researchers, is that 14 states are enforcing near total abortion bans which has led to a significant increase in the distance women must travel to access the life-ending procedure.
For those who believe life is sacred, a gift from God, this is welcomed news. But for the abortion-on-demand crowd it is more proof than there is a seismic shift in attitudes about abortion. Despite all the caterwauling by abortion proponents, the Supreme Court did not outlaw abortion. The High Court ruled in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, to let states decide the issue, which is where the decision should have been all along.
Who are the women choosing to terminate the lives of their unborn babies?
The Pew Research Center looks at abortion by the numbers. “The vast majority of women who had abortions in 2020 were unmarried (86%), while married women accounted for 14%, according to the CDC, which had data on this from 39 states and New York City (but not the rest of New York).
In the District of Columbia and 29 states that reported racial and ethnic data on abortion to the CDC, 39% of all women who had abortions in 2020 were non-Hispanic Black, while 33% were non-Hispanic White, 21% were Hispanic, and 7% were of other races or ethnicities.
Abortion’s Economic Impact
According to the Guttmacher Institute, since the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, nearly 63.5 million unborn babies have had their lives cut short. The moral depravity of the practice aside, let’s focus just on abortion’s Long-term effects on the U.S. economy. With an ever-challenging job market and an aging population, America is facing increasing challenges from economic powerhouses such as China and other geopolitical foes, imagine having millions more people in the workforce.
When during pregnancy do most abortions occur?
Again, from Pew: “The vast majority of abortions occur during the first trimester of a pregnancy. In 2020, 93% of abortions occurred during the first trimester – that is, at or before 13 weeks of gestation, according to the CDC. An additional 6% occurred between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, and 1% were performed at 21 weeks or more of gestation. These CDC figures include data from 40 states and New York City (but not the rest of New York).”
The reaction from so-called feminists and their enablers in Congress has been predictable: they have been working overtime to ensure that there are no legislative hurdles which would prevent a woman from snuffing out the lives of their unwanted offspring.
Abortion is THE issue that so deeply divides left and right in our culture war. Christians, rightly I believe, view the abortion debate as one between good and evil, the forces of light verses the forces darkness
Are the findings proof of the success of pro-life policies or can they be interpreted as an “assault on reproductive autonomy” as a spokesman for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health deemed them? It speaks volumes of the Left that it views as sacrosanct a woman’s right to end a life growing inside her. I choose to believe that maybe one day, one of these 32,000 babies will grow up to be President of the United States or more importantly the one who finds a cure for cancer.